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This document three-page document begins with a form titled "AIRMAN'S CLEARANCE CERTIFICATE," which states that Gordon had finished his work on the activities that he was responsible for at the Biggs Air Force Base in Texas, prior to being…

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This document is a standard form from the Middlesex Probate and Family Court Department that simply states "Court Does Not Require the Memorandum... Happy New Year." It was stored in Charles' files in an envelope addressed to Gordon Copeland…

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This printed letter appears to be a summary of the author's academic and personal affairs of the year 1995 - it may have been sent out to a number of recipients, as it is not addressed to anyone, and is printed from a computer with a handwritten…

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Gay Community News staff posed on a staircase, including: Joe Martin, Loretta Lottman, Sasha, Jon Kyper, Ellen B. Davis, Jan Johnson, and David Peterson (in a nun's habit). This is the first photograph taken of the staff of Gay Community News.

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Men and women of Gay Community News holding a large banner in the 1990 Pride march in Boston.

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This appears to be 6 copies of the same photo on one strip (perhaps a school portrait), wallet-sized, at various levels of contrast. Charles Shively as a teen.

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View from behind the pitcher toward home plate at a Daughters of Bilitis softball game.

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Three women smile at the camera from a barrel table on the pier in Provincetown, MA. Various other people can be seen around them.

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Six men in bathing suits stand arm-in-arm posing in a line on the beach in Provincetown, MA. One man squats behind them with his head poking out from between the middle men's hips.

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A man strikes a dancers pose along the tide line at the beach in Provcincetown, MA

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A man in a striped bathing suit smiles and flexes for the camera while tanning on the beach in Provincetown, MA.

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A man wearing a hat, sunglasses, and what appears to be a large puffy dress, stands next to an overturned umbrella on the beach in Provincetown, MA.

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A candid photograph of a man lying on the beach, wearing shorts and a brimmed hat with feathers stuck in it.

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A man in a feather boa outfit lies on an inflated beach float, apparently sleeping on beach in Provincetown, MA

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An interesting composition of men at the beach. One man in a bathing suit stands with legs wide, back facing the camera, looking down. Another man in a feminine wrap and straw hat waves a feather in the direction of the camera. In the distance…

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Pure Polyesther is a hilarious and subversive retelling of the Old Testament story of Esther. The Theater Offensive's purimspiel mixes slapstick, klezmer, cross-dressing, outrageous scenery-chewing, and queer coupling with an earnest message about…

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Abe Rybeck, wearing a blonde wig, standing with two other men, one in a bathrobe, at an outdoor protest. Banners on a wall behind the men read "Hunger Kills As Well As Guns, Stop the Embargo" and "No U.S. War on Nicaragua, Stop the Embargo." Other…

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Abe Rybeck smiling with his arm around a man wearing a sweater dress and hat that reads "Like a Virgin."

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Abe Rybeck, fist raised and smiling, with his arm around a life-size puppet.

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A postcard showing the interior of the Ace of Spades Club in Provincetown, MA.

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This pamphlet, created by the ACLU of South California Gay Rights Chapter, instructs veterans on how to apply to upgrade their discharge to honorable discharge, if they had been discharged "less than honorably" due to being (or being accused of…

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AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) is an international direct action advocacy group working to impact the lives of people with AIDS (PWAs). ACT UP/Boston was founded in 1987 as a way to focus local efforts in support of the development of AIDS…

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In 1989, founding Artistic Director Abe Rybeck and a group of artist/activists formed The Theater Offensive to expand on the success of the gay men's guerrilla theater troupe, United Fruit Company. The Theater Offensive mounts and produces festivals…

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AIDS Action Committee members during a parade, with a banner and many balloons in Copley Square in Boston, MA.

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Am Tikva members seated at tables for Passover Seder at the Brookline Jewish Community Center. The congregation Am Tikva – People of Hope – has been serving the Greater Boston community since 1976, creating an open and welcoming environment where…

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The popular singer, a former Miss Oklahoma and spokesperson for the Florida citrus industry, Anita Bryant, became the face of homophobia in 1977 when she campaigned to repeal a Dade County ordinance that prohibited discrimination on the basis of…

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This document is a copy of the form that Charles filled out to reserve the sanctuary of the Old Cambridge Baptist Church (Cambridge MA) for Gordon's memorial service on December 8, 1995. Charles wrote that he anticipated 50-75 people to attend, and…
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